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Handbook of Children, Culture, and Violence

Handbook of Children, Culture, and Violence

© 2006 | 536 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"Each chapter contains recommendations for legislators, policy makers, researchers, and families. This book should be on the desk, and minds, of legislators, attorneys, social workers and other mental health professionals who encounter and wish to ameliorate the effects of violence in the lives of their young constituents, clients, and patients."


Questions relating to violence and children surround us in the media: should V-chips be placed in every television set? How can we prevent another Columbine school shooting from occurring? How should pornography on the internet be regulated? The Handbook of Children, Culture and Violence addresses these questions and more, providing a comprehensive, interdisciplinary examination of childhood violence that considers children as both consumers and perpetrators of violence, as well as victims of it.  

The Handbook offers much-needed empirical evidence that will help inform debate about these important policy decisions. Moreover, it is the first single volume to consider situations when children are responsible for violence, rather than focusing exclusively on occasions when they are victimized. Providing the first comprehensive overview of current research in the field, the editors have brought together the work of a group of prominent scholars whose work is united by a common concern for the impact of violence on the lives of children.  

The Handbook of Children, Culture and Violence is poised to become the ultimate resource and reference work on children and violence for researchers, teachers, and students of psychology, human development and family studies, law, communications, education, sociology, and political science/ public policy. It will also appeal to policymakers, media professionals, and special interest groups concerned with reducing violence in children's lives. Law firms specializing in family law, as well as think tanks, will also be interested in the Handbook.

Nancy E. Dowd
Dorothy G. Singer
Prologue: Developmental Variations Among Children and Adolescents: An Overview of the Research and Policy Implications
Part I. Children as Victims
Naomi Cahn
1. Child Witnessing of Domestic Violence
Thomas D. Lyon and Mindy B. Mechanic
2. Domestic Violence and Child Protection: Confronting the Dilemmas in Moving From Family Court to Dependency Court
Robin Fretwell Wilson
3. Sexually Predatory Parents and the Children in Their Care: Remove the Threat, Not the Child
Diana E.H. Russell and Natalie Purcell
4. Exposure to Pornography as a Cause of Child Sexual Victimization
Ross E. Cheit and Laura Braslow
5. Statutory Rape: An Empirical Examination of Claims of “Overreaction”
Charles Putnam and David Finkelhor
6. Mitigating the Impact of Publicity on Child Crime Victims and Witnesses
Part II. Children as Consumers of Violence
John Cech
7. The Violent Shadows of Children’s Culture
Nancy Signorielli
8. A Preliminary Demography of Television Violence
Joanne Cantor
9. Protecting Children’s Welfare in an Anxiety-Provoking Media Environment
Barbara J. Wilson and Nicole Martins
10. The Impact of Violent Music on Youth
Dale Kunkel and Lara Zwarun
11. How Real Is the Problem of TV Violence? Research and Policy Perspectives
Douglas A. Gentile and Craig A. Anderson
12. Violent Video Games: Effects on Youth and Public Policy Implications
Laurie N. Taylor
13. Positive Features of Video Games
Brendesha Tynes
14. Children, Adolescents, and the Culture of Online Hate
Catherine J. Ross
15. Constitutional Obstacles to Regulating Violence in the Media
Part III. Children as Perpetrators of Violence
Susan P. Limber
16. Peer Victimization: The Nature and Prevalence of Bullying Among Children and Youth
Ellen de Lara
17. Bullying and Violence in American Schools
Mark R. Fondacaro and Lauren G. Fasig
18. Judging Juvenile Responsibility: A Social Ecological Perspective
Richard E. Redding
19. Adult Punishment for Juvenile Offenders: Does It Reduce Crime?
Matthew Owen Howard, Michael K. Dayton, Kirk A. Foster, Michael G. Vaughn and John L. Zelner
20. Psychopathy Assessment and Juvenile Justice Mental Health Evaluations
Barbara Bennett Woodhouse
21. Cleaning Up Toxic Violence: An EcoGenerist Paradigm

"Addresses childhood and adolescent violence from a fresh perspective:  the experiential world of the child and adolescent.  This is needed….The editors have succeeded in organizing an impressive, interdisciplinary group of contributors.  Balanced and thorough, the book should be very appealing to the intended audiences….It integrates a wide scope of material under the general topic, and by an excellent cadre of contributors."

James Howell
National Youth Gang Center

"By bringing together the literatures and crossing disciplinary lines, the book should have wide cross-disciplinary appeal….The key strength is the idea of an integrated approach to children and violence that includes children as consumers, victims, and perpetrators of violence….I think that any scholar working in the area of child and family violence would like a book like this one….It advances understanding of children and violence and is an excellent resource book for policy makers."

Elizabeth D. Hutchison
Virginia Commonwealth University

"…an excellent contribution to diverse fields (e.g., psychology, law, sociology)….The content is broad but appropriate in each of the three sections."

Eric F. Dubow
Bowling Green State University

"A book with a unique perspective that will bring together research across several disciplines.  It's helpful to have such a single source that provides an overview of the research on children and violence in several different contexts."

Amy Nathanson
Ohio State University

"The Editors and Contributors to this volume are excellent.  I am especially familiar with Dr. Singer's work, which is superb."

Brad Bushman
University of Michigan
Key features
Authorship includes leading scholars and researchers across a range of disciplines whose work is united by a common concern for the impact of violence on children's lives.

The volume editors open with a Prologue and an Introduction to orient readers, to highlight major points, and to pull together threads and provide a roadmap for future research in this area.

The handbook consolidates current research conclusions and provides solid, empirical evidence intended to assist in the formation of informed policy decisions.

Chapters include case studies, conclusions, and comprehensive reference lists.

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